I went for a weekend staycation last week and brought the JE10 with me. I’d won the Oasia Hotel stay from this lucky draw and thought it’d be nice to celebrate the fiancé’s birthday at the same time. He brought me to Batam for my birthday so I thought I’ll bring him on a ‘holiday’ on his birthday too! 😀
I wasn’t sure of what the JE10 was capable of so I brought my DSLR too, just in case. [What? I’m a typical kiasu Singaporean – I’ll be the first to admit it] 😛
In this blogpost, like in the first one, I’ll show you the (unedited) photos I took using the JE10. And you can decide if this lil package (which retails at $299) is one you’ll want to invest in. 🙂
The obligatory picture of the welcome drinks. 😀
The Club Lounge. It ROCKS. Free drinks, free food, free newspapers.
I wore the red top the good people at Flaunt gave me. 😀 I’ve decided I really like the color red, after pink, of course.
I’ve never bought clothing from blogshops before ‘cos I worry (overly) about buying clothes in the wrong size or worse still, unflattering cuts. But the 2 tops I’ve received from Flaunt so far have impressed me with their quality though the first one came in the wrong size. XD
Anyway, this camera is fairly decent for taking photographs of oneself, a.k.a. narcissistic camwhoring, as you can probably tell. Muahaha.
Imagine… eating breakfast HERE while enjoying the view and the breeze. One word: Shiok!
When we were shown to our Club Room, we got a shock, or three! I’d mentioned to the staff when making the booking that it was going to be the fiancé’s birthday and I’d thought they’d give him a slice of cake and that would be it. And boy, was I wrong. We received 3 surprises.
My eyeballs nearly left their sockets when I saw the bed. Rose petals! And towel swans! Plus a card too! I think he was shocked too, and to my amusement, kept chanting “Swan Lake! Swan Lake!” I don’t know why so don’t ask. 😛
I was happily snapping pictures of the bed when the doorbell rang. And slightly peeved, I flung open the door to see 4 of the Oasia Hotel staff standing outside and the first person was carrying a platter with a slice of cake and a candle on it. Aww…
Then all 4 marched right in and sang the ‘Happy Birthday’ song. Why are they so sweet?!
When the staff left, we checked out the room, and found the mini-bar and coffee maker behind the wooden paneling. 🙂 He was very happy to note that all the drinks in the mini-bar are complimentary. XD
If you watch the anime ‘Naruto’ like I do, you’ll understand that I’m doing the ‘Rasengan’ here:
He’s checking if I’ve washed my hair that morning. Muahaha. Just kidding. But I promise it’s the only (vaguely) lovey-dovey picture in this blogpost. Anyway, we’re wearing couple tees we bought after our crazily tiring Mount Kinabalu climb together.
Though I still insist that the camera jacket is capable of chipping nails because the screw at the bottom isn’t too fingernail-friendly, I have to admit that with this sling, it makes photo-taking that much more convenient. Such as when you’re in a toy store, want to toy around with the masks and snap a picture quickly without getting caught:
And over lunch, I realized that the JE10 can take some pretty good food pictures as well. You just need to get the lighting correct and the right angle.
Here’s his take (bear in mind he’s not a photographer nor a blogger)
And here’s mine:
With the exception of the feet in the background, I’d say this is an ‘ok’ picture for a blog. Mine, anyway. 😛 LOL!
We’d love to share but for now, you’ll just have to watch us eat. XD
After some window-shopping at the malls in Novena, we headed back to the hotel for a swim! We had barely gotten our toes wet when it started to rain HEAVILY!
The pink beach towel and bag were given to me by Elaine from Suma Beach Lifestyle. The towel is so pretty and very plush! 🙂 Want to win a blue and pink pair of these S$50 towels? Click here to find out how.
From 6pm to 8pm, the hotel also provided Club Room guests with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. 🙂 Here’s what I got…
The mini beef burger and the ‘XO Scallop Vol au Vent’ (whatever it means) were the yummiest of the lot.
And not content with the interrupted swim, we headed for the heated jacuzzi after the light snack. It was a cool experience sitting in the jacuzzi while the lightning lit up the sky and the cold winds stung our faces. LOL
He said that, of all the facilities in the hotel, he loved the jacuzzi the most. 😀
We also hit the gym late at night. We were the only gymrats till an angmoh decided to join us. I love how the equipment is all so new and easy to use, as compared to the ones in the gym I usually go to.
The gym is painfully small though it has all the basics:
The pictures didn’t turn out too well here. Perhaps I was drunk. XD
Breakfast on Sunday morning was a cheery affair. What they lacked in terms of quantity, they made up for with quality.
And finally, here’s birthday surprise #3, which they gave to us when we were checking out after breakfast…
It’s a framed photograph of us with surprise #1 and #2! 😀
The staff at Oasia Hotel have really pulled out all the stops to make this birthday a special one. And I believe each guest is treated the exact same way – I saw them preparing another slice of cake as I was leaving the hotel. I suppose the ‘choir’ will be going to surprise another delighted guest. 😀 I totally enjoyed the staycation and, forget Batam, I think I’ll celebrate my birthday in Singapore next year!
And yes, the Casio Exilim JE10 definitely deserves to come along for the next getaway, whether local or overseas. It’s small, affordable and once you get used to the various functions, it does take pretty good pictures. 😉